peritext

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From peri- +‎ text.

Noun[edit]

peritext (plural peritexts)

  1. (literary theory) Images and textual elements which surround, or are secondary to, the main body of a published work, such as an introduction, notes, front covers, etc.
    • 2011, David Bellos, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?, Penguin 2012, p. 143:
      The main work is not the translation at all, but Nabokov's appropriation of it through his inflated peritext.